Mariposas Art

Rating: 4.75 stars   4 reviews


PO Box 2784 Santa Cruz CA 95063 USA


Mariposa''s Art provides after-school art and music programs and community workshops that focus on developing leadership and social skills, addressing key health issues, and promoting academic success and career development.  

Geographic areas served:

Santa Cruz County, Santa Clara County


In Art & Guitar Teach, high school students engage in teacher training coupled with lessons in art or guitar. Each lesson plan has been designed to support the California State Board of Education's Content Standards for Visual and Performing Art. Together with a Mariposa's Art facilitator, who is a professionally trained artist or musician, our high school teachers travel to elementary and middle schools weekly to teach art or music to students attending local schools that lack funding to support arts education during the regular school day.

Art and Guitar Teach are teacher-training and mentorship programs through which high school students receive minimum wage for their hours teaching, earn elective credits, and gain valuable work experience. Elementary and middle school students receive critical exposure to the arts and gain positive teen role models to emulate.

Our high school students teach art with a Mariposa's Art facilitator to provide elementary school students with culturally rich art projects that explore different mediums, traditions and techniques. Each art project is accompanied by a lesson that includes the history of the medium, artist, and culture that is being explored. All Art Teach programs culminate in an art show where students share their artwork with parents and staff.

The high school students in Guitar Teach work with a professional Mariposa's Art facilitator to teach middle school students to read and play music from cultures around the world. Students also have the opportunity to earn their own guitar through high attendance, completion of practice logs, and performance participation. Each Guitar Teach program culminates in a special music performance by our students for parents and the school community.

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

Mariposa's Art is an excellent organization to work with!! The staff is a pleasure and are not only part of the Mariposa's org., but active artists in the community! I look forward to being part of the upcoming art programs, which bring smiles to all of the faces involved!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the positive behaviors witnessed in the classroom.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

need more experience.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

feeling like I was part of the staff.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very warm and informative.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

be implemented in more schools.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to work with the organization.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

maintaining consistent funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

there is always room for more improvement!

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